An Evening with Kevin Keefe: Twelve-Twenty Five

Join author and journalist Kevin P. Keefe on Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m. as he takes the audience on a journey through the life of a World War II-era steam engine.

Keefe’s book–which was recently awarded a State History Award by the Historical Society of Michigan–outlines the life of the 1225 Pere Marquette Steam Locomotive. The train was built in 1941 and boasts a long and interesting career hauling tens of thousands of riders.

For many years the 1225, and all the Pere Marquette steam locomotives, were maintained in Grand Rapids at the sprawling railroad shop complex in Wyoming. Thanks to a devoted team of advocates and volunteers, the 1225—rescued from a salvage yard and ultimately donated to Michigan State University in 1957—was returned to its former glory in 1988. More recently, the 1225 had a starring role in the 2004 movie, The Polar Express.

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Keefe is the former publisher and editor of Trains magazine, and is currently the director of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art. He has worked as a journalist as well as an editor, and currently lives in Milwaukee with his family.

A book signing will follow the presentation, and copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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